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Scrambled Translators

~ Put all your eggs in one basket — and watch that basket! Mark Twain – The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

I am an empire

Having one’s own little business empire can really give you a sense of pride. Not being at somebody else’s beck and call can certainly have its advantages, especially if you’re an organized and motivated professional. But just one word of warning to all of you young & budding translators and freelancers; don’t go putting all of your eggs in one basket – the bottom may just fall out!

I decided to write this post today in order to give a little advice to any of you out there who are just starting out as freelance worker; whether it be in language training, translating, in fact any kind of freelancing.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

If you are lucky enough to get plenty of work right from the outset you will be counting your lucky stars. If all of that work comes in from one place then even better; you will be rubbing your hands together all the way to the bank and not giving a worry to tomorrow’s bread & butter. One word of warning to the wise – watch that the basket doesn’t have a hole in it! Remember if your one true & loyal collaborator goes down you do too! continue reading

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Translators Shush – you’ll make them curious

Many of you who have visited this blog before will know that I have not got a very favourable opinion when writing about the apparently growing band of “anti-translators” out there. Take for example “Was that CLOUD or CROWD” highlighting a particularly scathing attack on professionals, who in my opinion, get a pretty rough deal as it is.

This supposed professional CEO of an unnamed company based in Florida is just one of the reasons why I am determined to continue with my dogged plugging of the QUIT (quality in translation) campaign. Although there are many others like me out there, none of them seem to want to put a name to their support. Maybe I am wrong to do so – we’ll see if my earning drop any lower as a result!

Don’t get me wrong, if you are here reading this and are thinking “she is one het up woman” then please take a look back at the likes of “10 Hot Tips for the Sun Struck Translator” I mean come on – I do have a sense of humour! Read more

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